Programming and Module Development

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Forcontu is offering 10 x Drupal Training Scholarships

Forcontu is offering 10 x Training Scholarships for the Expert in Drupal 7 online course (valued at USD1350). If you want to apply, complete the form before April 15, 2015. On April 16 we will announce the 10 winners of a scholarship to join the course completely free. The course will be conducted from May 4 to December 4 (7 months).

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blisteringherb's picture

Ctools developer tools demo

Would anyone be interested in demoing some code that they've written using the Ctools API tools? I'd especially like to see some examples of the Exportables, Ajax and Form Wizard APIs. A lot of sessions that I've been to touch on the tools but there haven't been any code samples or explanation of the methodology behind the code.

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dergachev's picture

Making Search Usable: Apache Solr and Faceted Search UI Challenges

The slides are available here:

This talk will be co-presented by Logan Smyth and Alex Dergachev of Evolving Web.

Ever since we started using Apache Solr for our projects, we've been looking into ways of making search more intuitive and usable. The Apache Solr module provides Drupal with faceted search functionality. With large sets of data and lots of search filters, faceted search is a user interface challenge. It also opens up a world of possibilities for UI innovation.

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loganfsmyth's picture

Building a custom search UI by extending the apachesolr module


1 hour

Brief Description

A general overview of the apachesolr module from a development standpoint. We will expand on the standard functionality to see how to create new facet types and add extra into into the search index. We'll then go a bit farther to see how you can create custom search pages and integrate search more tightly with your site. The idea and methods for creating hierarchies of facets will also be covered along with a demo illustrating some of the behavior described.


  • Creating custom facet types
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jredding's picture

Drupal 7 Module Development

Duration: 1 hour or less

Brief description:
Drupal 7!!! Drupal 7!!! Drupal 7 is around the corner and we all have to update our modules... again. really? Yup it's true the API has changed and it is for the better. In this session we'll look at the changes to the Drupal 7 API and how you can prepare your modules for the impending upgrade.


  • Changes to existing hooks
  • Getting your hooks ready
  • New hooks
  • Wait!?! What's a hook?

About the Presenter:

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criticalpatch's picture

Taking your development to the next level: Breaking down a beginner/intermediate Drupal module.

In this presentation I will dissect a moderately complex Drupal module from beginning to end. I will discuss not only what hooks and functions are used but also the design considerations behind them. I will also talk about basic through intermediate functions and hooks that you are almost necessarily going to need for building modules, as well as a few that will just make your life easier!

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jonvk's picture

Monitoring Drupal with Nagios

I will give a brief intro on what monitoring is and why anyone would want to use it, followed by a talk on monitoring.

In particular, I will present how to setup Icinga, which is a fork of Nagios with a slicker interface. I will cover using the Drupal Nagios module, but mostly be about monitoring the health of the server itself. It will therefore be more focused around system admin tasks.

Agenda :

  • A brief intro on what monitoring is and why anyone would want to use it.
  • Installing Nagios
    ** Compiling from source
    ** Ubuntu package
  • Configuring it
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sethcohn's picture

Context - changing how I code Drupal

If you aren't using Context yet, you should be. We'll cover the normal usages of Context and related modules, and discuss modules like Views Arg Context, Context: Menu Block, Context Reaction: Theme, Context HTTP Headers, and others... You'll learn something, no matter much you use context now, about new ways to use context in your drupal sites.

What is Context?

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sethcohn's picture

How Firefox Addons are changing the web

Are you ready for Web 3.0? Disruptive collaborative technologies are converging so that your users will dictate how (or if) they interact with your site, and we’ll discuss the early edge of this wave and how Firefox addons (and Chrome/etc in the future) are already showing the way…

We’ll explore a variety of cool Firefox tools and tips, focusing on various addons, with an emphasis on items useful with/for Drupal.

Tools like Firebug and Webdeveloper, as well as more general items like AdBlock, Greasemonkey, and many others will all be discussed in the context of Drupal in particular.

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HTML5 and Drupal

Duration: 1 hour

This session was inspired by Jen Simmons CSS3: The future is Now ( session at d4d.

The format of this session will be some slides (w/demos) and a show case of Drupal modules already implementing some HTML5 features.

The HTML5 topics I plan on covering are: Canvas, Video, Audio, Web Db, Workers Threads, Web Sockets, File API.

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